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Via Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nice for young children

We have been to much larger aquariums with a lot more going on, but if you have small children, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New York
what an underwater adventure!

Although this is a small aquarium it was still full of adventure and fun. It may be a little to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Schenectady, New York
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Experience the wonders of the ocean in your backyard! The Via Aquarium is the capital regions only full scale aquarium. Explore over 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasure as you and your family embark an exciting self-guided tour visiting over...more
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93 W Campbell Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306-6800
+1 518-280-5100
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the 3 grandkids from NJ here on Tuesday. This was my 1st trip tho they have been here a few years before. I found the place a bit pricey at over $75 for the 5 of us. I realize there must be a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Peter G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to much larger aquariums with a lot more going on, but if you have small children, and you're looking to get out of the house for a little while, this is a decent place to go. The facility itself is put together...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Acker4
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although this is a small aquarium it was still full of adventure and fun. It may be a little to short for older kids for 3 year old it was just the right size , not over whelming and long. There are all sorts of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dreamy575
Reviewed March 19, 2019

What they have is enjoyable but for the price they should have more. Is a good introduction for small children.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank wmcleve
Reviewed February 11, 2019

Very nice place to visit. An aquarium inside a shopping mall. It is small but good enough to enjoy. I loved petting the stingrays. There is also a pizza place and bowling alley within the mall.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Debbie H
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

Aquarium was much smaller than expected, the website makes it seem much larger. Enjoyed the room where the small sharks swam over head. Also enjoyed the sensory exhibit, where you could touch some of the animals.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Brianna P
Reviewed February 3, 2019 via mobile

Our Cub Scouts had a fantastic time at Via Port Aquarium! With over 80 Scouts, siblings and adults everyone had a blast! Santina had an educational program prepared for the children and Tom did a wonderful job of ensuring that all ran smoothly and teaching...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank jessicam63212019
Reviewed January 21, 2019

This is not the Boston Aquarium, but it cute for this area and educational for kids to learn from. In bad weather its cool as its in the mall.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Our last aquarium visit was to Monterey Bay, so we were not sure what to expect, but it was very nice! We went first thing in the morning and it wasn’t crowded. The staff at the touch tanks were helpful and friendly. Nice gift shop...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pghkate
Reviewed December 14, 2018

We've been to many aquariums throughout the US and we really enjoyed this one. It wasn't crowded which made it more enjoyable. It was a fair price. You can touch sting rays and feed koi fish. There was also a hands-on reptile show that you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Gerardo G
June 26, 2018|
Response from LAFAMILLEG11231 | Reviewed this property |
Yes $14 ad $10 ch it’s a bit small but a nice stop Also small Ray tank where kids can touch
August 14, 2017|
Response from Barretomjj | Reviewed this property |
No it's not walking distance. You have about 15-20 minutes drive. Albany have Uber which can take you there.